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Trial for former JP accused in Kaufman Co. DA slayings set for October

Eric Williams (Source: Kaufman County Jail) Eric Williams (Source: Kaufman County Jail)
KAUFMAN COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - The trial for a former East Texas justice of the peace charged with capital murder has been set for October 2014.

Jury selection in the trial for Eric Williams, who is charged with capital murder in the deaths of a Kaufman County assistant prosecutor as well as the Kaufman County district attorney and his wife, will begin March 28. Final jury selection is slated for August 15 and the official trial start date is set for October 20.

On March 30, 2013, Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife were found dead in their Forney home. The front door of their home was found kicked in and both victims were found with gunshot wounds. Kaufman County Chief Deputy Mark Hasse was gunned down on January 31, 2013 while walking to the Kaufman County Courthouse.

Former Kaufman County Justice of the Peace Eric Williams and his wife, Kim Williams, were arrested in April 2013 for their alleged involvement in the crime. Both are charged with capital murder and could face the death penalty if convicted.

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